Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeships

General Welder

General Welder

Posted: 10th Nov, 2020

Duration: 18 months

Sector: Engineering and Manufacturing

Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. There is a high demand for skilled General Welders in areas such as: automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction and many more.

Upon completion of the General Welder (Arc Processes) Apprenticeship Standard, learners will be able to:

  • Produce good quality welds using two welding process/material type combinations (TIG, MMA, MIG/MAG, FCAW) and (Carbon and Low Alloy steel, High Alloy Ferritic/Martensitic Steel, Austenitic Stainless Steel, Nickel and Nickel Alloys, Aluminium and Aluminium Alloys) in two welding positions (Downhand, Horizontal, Vertical, Overhead).

  • Understand the common arc welding processes, joint types (fillet, lap, butt, etc.) and positions

  • Identify and understand the causes of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced, for the materials and welding processes selected.

  • Understand and identify hazards and basic health, safety and quality requirements when welding

What's Involved

The apprentice will complete a portfolio of evidence through a blended learning model which will enable preparation for end-point assessment which includes:

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours modules:

Learners will have set criteria to meet in each area whilst on programme. This will be guided by the trainer and supported by the employer.

Functional Skills in maths and English:

These provide practical skills to help gain the most out of work, education and everyday life. Learners will complete written and online tests.

End-point assessment:

The end-point assessment is the final stage of the apprenticeship. It comprises written and practical tests as well as a professional dialogue and interview.

Delivery

Following enrollment, learners engage in a blended programme of training and support that will include attendance at group training sessions on a day release (or block release) basis, work-based learning, email and face-to-face support from their trainer/assessor as well as a programme of training devised by the employer.

The length of the programme will differ depending on experience, knowledge and skills development along with the industry skills selected however the course is targeted for completion within 18 months.

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Progression

Avenues of progression include:

  • Further learning in Welding (Level 3 and above)
  • Employment opportunities and career progression

What's next...

SBC Training has access to government funding and grants for this apprenticeship.

For free advice and to find out how much financial support your business is eligible for, please contact us.

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